Demirjian Golf Practice Facility
The Demirjian Golf Practice Facility opened for use to the UI golf teams in January of 2007.
Designed by RATIO Architect Inc., Demirjian Golf Practice Facility at the University of Illinois measures three-and-a-half stories tall at its highest point. It features the finest amenities, making the facility the home away from home for the Illinois men's and women's golf programs. Head golf coaches Mike Small and Renee Slone believe it is the finest indoor facility in college golf.
Demirjian Golf Practice Facility includes the following features:
14,150 gross square foot facility
6,300-square foot putting, chipping, and pitching area
Six heated hitting bays that open onto an outdoor driving range, two of which are outfitted with state of the art video analysis equipment
Full locker rooms
Fully equipped golf repair room
1,500-square foot team lounge
Study area with computers
Stone Creek Golf Course
The newest course in the Urbana-Champaign area is Stone Creek Golf Club. The Southeast Urbana course opened in the spring of 1999. The course is located approximately five miles from campus and is the current home of the University of Illinois golf programs.
Stone Creek was named for the creek that meanders through the course. The daily-fee golf course features soft, smooth slopes with subtle elevation changes. Among the course's characteristics are sculptured bunkers and several lakes. The trees and shrubbery used to decorate the course are indigenous to the Central Illinois area.
Tim and Dick Nugent designed the course on a piece of farmland on the outskirts of Urbana. The design was intended to ensure the enjoyment of all skill levels that play the course. The par-72 course measures 7,118 yards from the men's tees.
Since it's opening, Stone Creek Golf Club has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments including the Northern Club Pro Championship and Big Ten Men's Championships in 2001, Big Ten' Women's Championships and USGA Men's Amateur Qualifier in 2002, Women's Western Amatuer in 2003, Illinois State Men's Amateur in 2004 and USGA Men's Amatuer Qualifier in 2005.
U of I Orange and Blue Golf Courses
In April 2003, the University of Illinois opened a short-game outdoor teaching center for the exclusive use of the Fighting Illini men's and women's golf teams.
Located at the University of Illinois Orange and Blue Golf Courses, the center features two 7,000-square foot greens, one for putting and one for chipping, putting and full shots. It also includes three different types of bunkers. The short-game center was designed in order for the players to practice every possible golf shot inside of 130 yards.
"This was just another step in our progression as a top-notch program," Head men's golf coach Mike Small said of creating the short-game center. "I believe that creativity and imagination are key in the development of a player, and this facility will help us develop those characteristics in our short game."
The Orange and Blue Golf Courses were both designed by C.D. Wagstaff of Evanston, Illinois. The Orange course, built in 1950, is approximately 151 acres, while the Blue course, built in 1966, is approximately 140 acres.
Champaign Country Club
The Fighting Illini golf teams also utilize the Champaign Country Club at times during the season to provide variation in training. Champaign Country Club was founded in 1904 and is one of the premier clubs in Central Illinois with over 600 members. Amenities include a 37,000-square foot clubhouse and an 18-hole bent grass championship golf course with 100 acres of landscaped trees, water holes and gardens.
Lincolnshire Fields Country Club
Lincolnshire Fields Country Club is another prestigious club in the area that helps team members hone their skills. Lincolnshire Fields is a private country club located in Champaign, Ill. The 18-hole facility is well-known for their superb bent grass fairways, challenging greens and demanding layout. The course measures over 6,900 yards from the back tees which also helps prepare team members for the long, challenging courses that they face throughout the year.
Urbana Country Club
Urbana Country Club is another course used by the men's and women's golf programs to give the players a different look throughout the season. Urbana Country Club's large oak trees and lush bent grass fairways are inviting to the novice and to the experienced golfer, providing an excellent challenge for the Fighting Illini golfers. Built in 1922, part of the course is open and level, while part is rolling and wooded.